The Everett School Committee voted unanimously Monday night to approve a request by members of the EHS Class of 1975 that the class be allowed to establish a plaque or some type of memoriam for its most famous member, former NFL tight end Dan Ross.
According to Class of ’75 class member Rose Holt, who addressed the School Committee Monday night, the class would like to honor Ross’ life by erecting a plaque in the EHS Library, or some similar location at the school, commemorating all of the good work that Ross did in his life, as well as recalling his football heroics in high school and beyond.
Ross starred at Everett High School and Northeastern University before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round with the number 30 pick overall in 1979. In 1981, Ross set a Super Bowl record with 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns, which stood until 2013.
Ross died tragically in 2006, at the age of 49.
“Danny never forgot where he came from,” said Holt. “He was always willing to help people, he helped with youth sports and in the community.” Those sentiments were shared by others at the meeting including several school committee members.
School Committee member Lester McLaughlin recalled that Ross was also an accomplished hockey player that could’ve attracted a hockey scholarship had he wanted it.
“We’d like to be able to make the presentation (of a memorial at EHS) to his family at the upcoming homecoming weekend,” said Holt.
Superintendent Foresteire told the committee that the details about what kind of tribute will be presented and where it will be displayed will be worked out with members of the Class of’75 and shared with the Committee in the coming months.